Executive and administrative roles

As you already know, the European Commission:

  • has the right of initiative in the law making process and proposes laws
  •  manages and implements EU policies and the budget
  • enforces European law jointly with the European Court of Justice
  • represents the EU outside (negotiations of trade agreements)

(The European Commission at work. Basic facts, 2011).


In the following sections, we will focus on the highlighted functions of the European Commission.